Founded in 1834, City of London School (CLS) is a popular independent day school for boys aged 10-18. It occupies a beautiful campus near the River Thames and provides extensive, quality education to over 1000 pupils split between six Houses, which are named after the founder of the school, former Headmasters and notable Old Citizens. 
The rich selection of academic opportunities at City allows students to develop an array of competencies relevant to modern life. Boys regularly excel in Olympiad, inter-house and essay competitions, growing in both academic and intellectual versatility that benefits them greatly in the years to come.
City’s curriculum further invests in maximising the cohort’s potential. Ranging from humanities and languages to sciences and technology, the comprehensive offering is delivered by high calibre teachers who encourage ‘learning for its own sake’, along with inquisitiveness both in and out of the classroom.
As well as enhancing non-academic capabilities, City’s co-curricular programme promotes the development of soft skills, primarily targeting students’ social proficiency. Fostering curiosity and initiative as vital to happiness, the clubs and societies on offer include drama, orchestra, chess, swimming, Model United Nations, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and CCF. 
Popular sports at City include football, basketball, cricket and water-polo. In addition to supporting athletic pursuits, the school caters to students with artistic inclinations, offering classes in painting, drawing, photography, print-making, ceramics, digital media and sculpture. The school also boasts Three-Dimensional workshops to foster advanced design projects. 
At the core of City’s renowned philosophy is a comprehensive approach to education, blending academic rigor with exceptional pastoral support. Hand-picked, highly professional staff implement proactive measures to cultivate well-rounded individuals, unpretentious in their endeavours to network, yet ambitious in their efforts to leave a mark.
City of London School 13 Plus (13+) Admissions Process
City is an academically selective school and attending open events as a way to commence the admissions process is highly recommended. Held in autumn, the events include a tour of the extensive facilities and a number of opportunities to meet the staff and current pupils. To learn how to book a spot, please click here.
Students must register for the 13 Plus by the October deadline (of Year 6). The exam has two stages: Stage 1 consists of the ISEB Pretest, while Stage 2 comprises an online test and a creative writing task. Those who pass will return for interviews in January. If accepted, your son will receive an offer in February, which must be confirmed by the March deadline.
City offers Scholarships and Prizes to outstanding 13+ applicants. Academic Prizes are based on 13+ exam results and an interview. Music Scholarships cover various instruments, and candidates will be expected to perform at Grade 6 level on piano and strings and Grade 5 on other orchestral instruments.
Sports Prizes are available for talented athletes, especially in football. Recipients will get funding from the Sports Prize Fund and will be expected to participate in City’s sports events.
Families with an income below specific thresholds can apply for means-tested bursaries. The number available is limited, and your son’s admissions performance will influence the decision. Besides tuition fees, the financial assistance can cover the cost for school lunches, uniforms, exam fees, and travel to and from school. Further details are available here.
City of London School 13 Plus (13+) Test Information
Address: Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 3AL
County: Greater London
Admissions info: [email protected] or 020 3680 6300
School type: Independent day school for boys
Open days: September, October
Exam type / Board: ISEB Pretest, bespoke online test and written test
As part of the admissions process for 13+ entry to City, your child will sit a two-stage exam. Stage 1 consists of the ISEB Common Pretest, while Stage 2 has two distinct parts:
a) Part 1 consists of a 95-minute online test, which evaluates a broad range of areas.
b) Part 2 consists of a 30-minute creative writing paper.
Read on to learn more about the format of the City of London School 13+ exam.
City of London School 13+ Exam Format
a) By late November, all prospective students must have taken the ISEB 13+ Common Pretest. The timed pretest is taken online and covers four core subjects: English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The aim of this one-off test is to give schools an idea of a pupil’s academic potential.
b) In December, 13+ applicants will be tested using an online assessment that consists of the following sections:
– Mathematics: covers various mathematical domains, including arithmetic and problem-solving. Questions will include diagrams and/or charts.
– English: comprises multiple-choice questions for reading comprehension, grammar and punctuation.
– Non-Verbal Reasoning: features multiple-choice questions for spatial and visual reasoning.
– Verbal Reasoning: focuses on vocabulary and a pupil’s ability to discern context-based meanings.
– Puzzles & Problem Solving: comprises interactive puzzles and diagrams.
– Creative Comprehension: consists of multiple-choice questions sourced from various materials, including texts, timetables and charts.
c) On the day of the 13+ online test, your child will also be asked to complete a creative writing paper.
City of London School 13 Plus (13+) Practice Tests & Preparation Tips
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